Whilst away I re-visited a pattern: "Twinkle Twinkle". After Bentley, I fancied trying it with crystals. Although I first made Twinkle Twinkle as a star pattern (with five points), on this occasion, I preferred the snowflake version with six points, which gives a better shape to the centre chains, more curved. I made variations.
Apologies for the lesser quality photos from my phone
(I didn't have my camera with me)
Below is the version with crystals. I added a stitch to the chain on each side of the crystal (so 6 ds instead of 5 as in the pattern). The one in the photo above, 2nd row, left, has 5 ds each side of the crystals. The photo doesn't do it justice. The crystals and added filament do look lovely and sparkly IRL.
Then I tried it with a pointy chain instead, using my 1SSCMR technique and I do like that version too. This one doesn't have the added sparkly filament that I used in the version above. I think the 1SSCMR on the inside round combined with the SCMR above on the points gives it a nice shape.
This is a quick motif to tat and the pattern is available for free under the "Patterns" tab above. That was about all the tatting I made during our holiday. The rest of the time was spent knitting socks!
I hope 2016 will be a creative one for every one. I have ideas already and patterns I want to write up.